- Shamser Khalid
5 Cricketers With a Musical Talent
Many cricket players have talents on and off the field. While many players are known for athletic skills, certain players have wowed fans with skills outside of cricket. More than a few players have shown skill in dancing and often entertained fans during games with their antics. Other players who have retired showed talent in acting. Among these cricket players, some have musical talent.
With some players, you can find certain posts of them singing for fun, or reports of them singing. However, some players have managed to showcase their musical talents outside of a fun post. These are a few players that not only showed musical talent but managed to release a song:
Brett Lee is an Australian cricketer who became recognized as one of the quickest bowlers in the world during his international career. He’s played in all three formats, and during his career, he became the first Australian bowler to take a hat-trick in a Cricket World Cup match. Lee accomplished this feat during the 2003 Cricket World Cup Super Sixes match against Kenya. He retired in 2015, but a fun fact about Lee is that he was also in a band during his cricket career.
The band is called Six & Out, and they play rock. It comprises his brother Shane and former New South Wales cricketers Brad McNamara, Gavin Robertson, and Richard Chee Quee. Lee contributes to the band as a bass guitarist or acoustic guitarist.
In the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy held in India, Brett Lee penned the lyrics for the song "You're the One For Me" and collaborated with Indian singer Asha Bhosle to record it. The song achieved significant popularity, reaching the number two position on both Indian and South African music charts.
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers is a South African international cricketer who, while not the most famous, has his share of achievements. During his 15-year international career, AB de Villiers received the ICC ODI Player of the Year award thrice and was honored as one of the five Wisden cricketers of the decade in 2019. In addition to a career in cricket, de Villiers has shown skills in golf and hockey.
When it comes to music, de Villiers has done quite a few performances. One of his notable performances was when he sang at the annual ICC Awards night. In 2010, AB collaborated with singer Ampie Du Preez to release his debut song titled 'Maak Jou Drome Waar' (which means 'make your dreams come true'), which became a big hit in his home country.
During his visit to India for IPL 9, AB also sang a beautiful song dedicated to his wife, and the video of the performance went viral on social media.
Sachin Tendulkar is a character who has made a huge impact in cricket. He is the all-time highest run-scorer in both ODI and Test cricket with more than 18,000 runs and 15,000 runs, respectively. Even after retiring from cricket, he remains a prominent figure in the cricket community and has often made headlines for his social media presence and continued involvement in the cricket community.
Tendulkar is also a figure known for having several talents outside of cricket. Singing just happens to be one of them. A few years ago, Sachin teamed with Indian singer Sonu Nigam to produce the catchy Cricket Wali Beat. While Sachin did not go further in his musical career, he still managed to make an impact in the media world.
Dwayne John Bravo is a Trinidadian cricketer who served as the former captain of the West Indies cricket team and presently serves as the bowling coach of the Chennai Super Kings. As a player, he is known for his aggressive lower-order batting and his bowling in the final overs of a match. He is also known for his dance moves, having been spotted dancing to the delight of fans, and has sung several songs that have become global hits.
In 2015, he teamed up with Nisha B for the song "Chalo Chalo." Bravo even sang "Yenda," a song for the film titled Ula, which was released in Chennai. Then in 2016, he released the song "Champion" during the T20 World Cup, which inspired the West Indies team to victory in Kolkata. If you believe that he only sings in English, then you are mistaken, as the Chennai Super Kings player has also sung Tamil songs. He also released a song with Beanniie Man and another solo titled "Go Gyal Go."
Sir Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose KCN is an Antiguan former cricketer who played 98 Test matches for the West Indies. Before retiring in 2000, Ambrose gained recognition for being one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, he took 405 Test wickets at an average of 20.99 and topped the ICC Player Rankings for much of his career to be rated the best bowler in the world.
While he was skilled in cricket, he clearly had a love for music, having taken up the bass guitar in his retirement. He had played as a bass guitarist for a reggae band for a considerable period and even formed his own band with his former teammate and captain, Richie Richardson.